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Last week, Meon Junior school took part in a fantastic Field Gun Training taster session. Our boys and girls came together to build their own Junior Field Gun Team that will represent Portsmouth at the city’s Armed Forces Day, in June! The sessions saw students practice with the field gun and experience what a real-life contest would be like. They teamed up and used various Royal Navy commands to transport a field gun and its equipment through a series of obstacles in the…

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Children from Years 4 and 5 across our Medway primary schools had the opportunity to attend an exciting residential trip to Kingswood last week! Our Chatham and Strood schools were to offer this as their first residential trip since the start of the pandemic, which made it all the more exciting for our children and their families. Armed with their suitcases and plenty of excitement, the children set off by coach to Grosvenor Hall, set in the grounds of a former manor house…

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Welcome to the April 2022 edition of Our Trust! Firstly, I am delighted to welcome everyone associated with Plympton Academy to our Trust. Plympton are the second school in the South West to join our Trust and is a popular secondary school situated in a suburb of Plymouth, just 15 minutes from our first school Plymouth High School for Girls. This latest edition of Our Trust is a fantastic opportunity for me to reflect on the amazing work and activities that are taking place in…

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Pupils and staff across our Strood schools are celebrating achieving their esteemed Thinking School accreditations awarded by the University of Exeter. The Gordon Children’s Academy has been reaccredited as a Thinking School, while All Faiths Children’s Academy and Cedar Children’s Academy, have been reaccredited as Advanced Thinking Schools. The Thinking School accreditations are awarded by The University of Exeter’s School of Education, which leads the way in research on Metacognition, Thinking Skills and Creativity and provides a framework for schools to follow to…

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Children at The Gordon Children’s Academy were beyond excited to welcome celebrity doctor, TV personality and former Gordon pupil, Dr Ranj Singh, to our school last week! The Gordon Children’s Academy featured on BBC South East following Dr Ranj’s visit! Dr Ranj’s visit, the first time he had returned to Gordon since being a pupil there in the 1980s, was a wonderful opportunity for our children, who loved hearing about Dr Ranj’s time at Gordon, how his career developed, his new book, and…

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This year, junior school students across the Trust have continued to battle it out to be crowned the new TSAT Rocks champions. Times Tables Rockstars is an enjoyable and interactive tool, helping children across the country learn and practice their times tables. Over the last few terms, our junior school students have participated in two Trust-wide TSAT Rocks tournaments, competing against each other to be Top of the Rocks. In our first ever TSAT Rocks battles last December, The Gordon Children’s Academy was…

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We are thrilled to share that Rachael, a Sixth Form student at Plympton Academy, has been invited to attend the Peter Cane Prize Giving Day at the Corpus Christi College Oxford. The Peter Cane Legal Reasoning Prize is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring lawyers to analyse a legal text and communicate their analysis. I have always aspired to study law at a top university and this competition has given me the confidence to do so – I am now going to apply for Oxford…

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Three exceptional students at Plymouth High School for Girls have been shortlisted to represent young people across Plymouth in this year’s Youth Parliament, alongside nine other finalists. Plymouth High School for Girls is part of the high-performing Thinking Schools Academy Trust, which leads 18 successful primary and secondary schools in Medway, Kent, Plymouth and Portsmouth. The Youth Parliament is run by the Local Authority as a way to bring students from across the wider community together and empower them to use their voices to…

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It was a wonderful end to Term 3 as students and staff at The Portsmouth Academy celebrated receiving the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Bronze Award. The Portsmouth Academy is part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust and shares a commitment “to provide an outstanding school with an ethos of excellence and high expectations”. It is with this mentality that the school made the decision to embark upon the Rights Respecting School Award (RRSA) in September. The RRSA involves young people and the school…